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Two Crowded Hours

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Genre  Short, Drama
Language  English
Director  Michael Powell
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Country  United Kingdom
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Writer  Joseph Jefferson Farjeon
Release date  8 July 1931 (London) 28 December 1931 (UK)
Cast  John Longden, Jerry Verno, Jane Welsh, Michael Hogan, Edward Barber
Screenplay  Michael Powell, Joseph Jefferson Farjeon
Producers  Jerome Jackson, Henry Cohen
Similar movies  Related Michael Powell movies

Two Crowded Hours is a 1931 British comedy drama film directed by Michael Powell. It was made as a Quota quickie and is the first film where Powell is credited as the director.

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Plot

A murderer is on the run from prison and is out to get everyone, especially the girl (Jane Welsh), who put him there. The detective (John Longden) gives chase with the help of a London cabbie (Jerry Verno) who has aspirations of becoming a policeman himself.

Production

Michael Powell's first feature as director, Two Crowded Hours was produced by Jerry Jackson for the Film Engineering Company and distributed by the British arm of Fox Pictures. With accomplished players John Longden (star of Blackmail) and Cockney character actor Jerry Verno, shooting was completed in 12 days in April 1931 in and around London's Soho. "It was played for laughs and thrills", Powell said, "and we were paid £1 per foot by Fox. We got £4,000 on delivery so obviously we had to make it for £3,000". Although a few stills survive, there is no known print of Two Crowded Hours in existence.

Cast

  • John Longden as Harry Fielding
  • Jane Welsh as Joyce Danton
  • Jerry Verno as Jim
  • Michael Hogan as Scammell
  • Edward Barber as Tom Murray
  • Status

    Two Crowded Hours has been declared to be "Missing, Believed Lost" by the British Film Institute. It is listed as one of their "75 Most Wanted" lost films, along with two later Powell films The Price of a Song (1935) and The Man Behind the Mask (1936).

    References

    Two Crowded Hours Wikipedia
    Two Crowded Hours IMDb


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